European server will update to v27.96.08 on May 16, 2017.  

The family isn't very active in-game over the past 2 weeks due to RL commitments. But after training in Fire Isle Zone 2, Maimonides (m/mus) and Empedocles (m/ele) finally became veterans. As usual, hardly a day passed by without someone using spinelles in Fire Isle. This time, it was Cabreira family, who used a Soul Crystal to revive before summoning monsters. He gave up after using 5-6 Thoracotomy spinelles as Maimonides (m/mus) refused to die.

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There were some issues with ambiguity over clan rules and the apparent reluctance to clarify them. After the leader and some members left, Othrys clan disbanded in about a week.

Neume has announced the status of v3.0 for Sword of the New World...


We were planning to release the live test world but we're waiting on the new patch (which we expect around September 9th or 10th). Once we have the new patch we will open up Montoro.

I'm sure by now some of you have realized what that means... We will be unable to release 3.0 by September 9th. Our new expected launch date is September 23rd. Yes, it's 14 days longer, I'm sorry, but we just want to be sure we are delivering the best product possible. It may be possible we'll launch earlier than that (if you remember we did this with 2.9b). If we're ready to patch sooner we will. But officially we're looking to patch on Sept. 23rd and all our marketing and PR will be focused on those dates.

Again, I want to point out, if the patch we get on the 10th checks out and is good to go we will immediately patch live. If not as soon as we have a patch that is releasable we will patch. [Source]


Okay, so the new dates are Sept 9 for test server, and Sept 23 for official launch. Well, a delay of 2 weeks isn't so bad, so long they don't delay it yet again... and again, and again. The patch notes is available in forum topic Echoes of an Empire, but as usual, it is really lacking in details. I suggest readers refer to sGE v3.0 Patch Notes instead.

Singapore Granado Espada
Meanwhile, sGE is set to launch v3.5 on Oct 8, 2009. In addition, players get freebies if they login everyday from Sept 4 to Oct 1. There is also an upgrading event; see Hrin & Lorenza's Birthday Bash and The One About the Birthday Sword. There are other events as well. See The One About Games Convention Asia for details.

ABS has been updated for sGE. From now on, ABS will be valid only for 14 days after top-up.


Now, for jGE's exclusive items it will no longer appear in the loot table for ABS. This is because these exclusive items have production costs and it would be unfair to both jGE and IMC to give it away through free bonuses. Therefore, these exclusive items (costumes, weapons, etc) will be making its way to the cash shop either direct sales or through a cheaper random box. This will apply for the other upcoming costumes as well.

That said, the new direction for ABS will be items that can be farmed, be it materials, recipes, equipments, etc. We understand that this initiative may not appeal to all sGE gamers, but we will try our best to make the upcoming loot tables fair for everyone. [Source]


For this update, the top loots are Dragon Heart Recipe, Le Noir Recipes, Constellation Symbols, Enhanced RES Necklaces, Ringmaster's Secret Key, Key of Vergo, and ABS x50.

Other stuffs include Arsene Circus Tickets, Pet Box (Pan Pan & Pigling), Old Chess Piece, Snail Skin, Growth Stone (100k feso), etc. There will also be a blank item, which means you get nothing. See [ABS] The Zodiac for more details.

Update: Added sample ABS and estimated drop rates... For more samples of drop rates, see the discussion topic here.


930 searches
no top loot
1 vergo key
no LN rec
no symbols
no necklaces
no growth stones
no ultimate gems
no MA/LG/SS/OCP/garim skin
2 piglings
1 panpan
1 lightning orb
1 fire orb
1 red ticket
3 symbol of garim
some crappy keys
and a ton of every other bloody possible item to get
i feel cheated [Source]

529 Searches.

1 Necklace, lotsa pots.
lotsa pandora crystal.
Green and Blue ticket.
lotsa Secret Tower Keys.
ONE! Rune - AN.
ONE! Rune - AR.
Lots of return sheets.

I need to pray to god of gamble. Someone in Rembrandt had gotten Aqua in 60 searches, and LN fighter in less than 200 searches. What luck I have. ):
Oh well at least I haz my pots D:
Thought, I do want new costumes and hairs in ABS >___> [Source]


Imperial Wheel is now online for jGE. This is probably a replacement for Coimbra Shuffle!!.

[ http://yfrog.com/j1jgewheelaug09j ]

The costume for Catherine is probably for Catherine (STR), although some have said it is usable by Catherine (INT/DEX) as well. Other stuffs include White Vent Costume [Grace], Cineraria Costume [Emilia], and Lv.96 Elite Inviadecco [DEF 187, DR 29; Scout].

Edit: Added more screenshots for the 2 weapons... Click below for full-sized views.

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Errata: According to 2ch Wiki, 長杖 ("long stick") is rod, while 短杖 ("short stick") is staff, and 特殊杖 ("special stick") is special rod. So the Angel Rod is in fact a rod, not a staff (as previously mislabeled).

The following is translated from kGE v4.0.22 Patch Notes and Silver Server v4.0.22.

1. Elementalist's Constellation Stance
A new constellation stance is available for for elementalist and Hellena. The attacks of the stance consume a new item called Elemental Sphere, which will be sold in boxes somewhat similar to pistol bullets. The stance book can be acquired from Emilia, and requires Symbol of Pisces. The symbol will be added to Premium Treasure Chest in the cash shop. See Occultism entry.

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2. Reckless Emilia
Reckless Emilia becomes available, along with her new Madness stance, which allows her to move via levitation (as seen in screenshot below). See Reckless Emilia entry.

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3. Improved Trump Weapons
The default stats of Trump weapons are enhanced, mostly with additional Critical and/or Mental ATK. See Silver Server v4.0.21 for full changelog.


4. Face Change Service
You can change the face type of an existing stock character by paying 500k feso to a new NPC in town. See Type 2 Faces entry.

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5. Personal Shop UI
The new UI auto-calculates and displays the tax amount after selling price is entered.

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6. Constellation Stance Modifications
Some constellation stances are modified. See Silver Server v4.0.22 for full changelog.


7. Invisible Potions & Quest Stance Books
Invisible Potions are added to feso shop, and no longer drops from Bellem's Box and Fire Isle. The stance books for Viki and Selva are added to the feso shop. So now, Viki can learn Testis (aka Castis) even if you bought his card from another player.


8. New Costumes
There are 2 new wizard costumes and hats, and a hair for Lorch.

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9. Advanced Notices
Next patch notes will include...
  • New top-level raid in Land of the Dead
  • Scout's constellation stance
  • Some buffs related to the 5 Elements
  • Potion use timer

Login to MMOSite here, click Submit, and get a random code to redeem a free package from Aug 19 to Sept 21, 2009. The code can be for Granado Espada (e.g. GE-123456-7890), FIFA Online 2 (e.g. FOL2-123456-7890), or Dragonica (e.g. any random alphanumeric string). A GE code allows you redeem 10 ABS for free.

You can also get more codes by posting about Granado Espada, FIFA Online 2, or Dragonica in the forums. For details, see Get ABS For Free @ MMOSite. I got a Dragonica code, which is totally stupid since I'm not playing that game. See players whine about the randomness here.

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Some news is available about Reckless Emilia in v4.0.21. She seems to be a full-wizard type, instead of healer-wizard hybrid like the other versions of Emilia. Most screenshots below can be clicked for full-size view. See also Silver Server v4.0.21, kGE Screen Board, and sGE Forum Discussion.

Reckless Emilia
Starting Level: 1
Stats: STR 30, AGI 60, CON 30, DEX 55, INT 85, CHA 65
Basic Stances: Psychokinesis, ESP, Illusionist, Levitation
Veteran Stances: Anathema, Incantation
Expert Stances: Madness
Personal Skill: Safe Guard
Weapons: Rod, Staff, Special Rod
Armor: Coat

Her quests begin with Gertrude Peterson in Auch, after completing Master's Martial Arts stance quest. So basically, you need to train a martial artist to master before you can even start on her recruitment quests... Wee~!


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Stats & Stances

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Posing Her Curves...

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Posing Her Ass...

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Preview: Madness & Safe Guard
Madness stance requires Lv.25 Levitation, and Symbol of Aries. I will post again when there are proper translation on the skills and related stuffs. See Book of Wind: Madness for details.

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Update: Read about her quest instance here.

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Ionium was a name given early in the study of radioactive elements to Thorium-230 (230Th), a radioactive isotope of thorium (atomic number 90) which can be used to date corals and determine ocean current flux. The name was used before it became known that ionium and thorium are chemically identical. Thorium has been considered an alternative nuclear fuel to uranium.

Another day was spent this week AFK'ing in Bonavista River. Finally, the family acquired both of the bloody stones for Claire after 8 days. For their efforts, they refined the Unknown Stone into a Good-Quality Apatite. After leaving Bonavista River, Empedocles (m/ele) went on to train in Rion Dungeon Hollow, then joined Maimonides (m/mus) in Fire Isle.

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The experts made several visits to Bellem's Relics this week, and returned with Elite Striform, Elite Graciegote, and more Lv.84 elite rubbish. They also joined their first raid against Undertaker this week. There was nothing fantastic though, just a Bracelet of Leviathan and several Lv.92-100 chips which got passed around via Round Robin.

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The monotony of the game is getting to me again. Grinding, farming, and hunting/camping is just getting boring. Maybe I should take a break from the game, especially with the real life issues I need to deal in the coming weeks.

New expert stances have been added in kGE test server v4.0.17 - Magic of Occultism, Occultism Assistance [Elementalist], and Occultism Assistance [Hellena]. These can be acquired from Emilia with Symbol of Pisces and 6 Growth Stones.

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Magic of Occultism + Occultism Assistance: LOE Bracelet + LOE Bracelet

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Possession/Evocation/Domination + Magic of Occultism: Normal Bracelet + LOE Bracelet


Related Links
kGE Screen Board - Occultism 1, Occultism 2, Stance Books
散歩道 - v4.0.17 Update
Book of Wind - v4.0.18 Patch Notes, v4.0.17 Patch Notes
IAHGames Forums - Ele's Expert Stance

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Laranja e Preto literally means "Orange and Black" in Portuguese. In hex triplets which are often used for HTML web pages, black is #000000 and orange is #FF7F00. See HTML Color Codes for more hex triplets. Hm. I don't really know what else to say about 2 colors...

Claire was released in v2.9b patch, and her recruitment quests require the acquisition of 2 Unknown Stones from Elite Lightning Cockatrice (Lv.65). The following map is annotated with where the elite monster has been seen. Basically, it can spawn in almost any grid of the map. My experience so far is that there seems to be only one Elite Lightning Cockatrice at any one time. At least, I have never encountered two of them at the same time, and usually it takes a while before I can find a second one.

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After a week, the family has only 1 Unknown Stone. Grrr!
As a consolation, the family looted a Blue Rough-Stone from Giant Cockatrice (Lv.70). Oh, and someone left a Thoracotomy (Lv.100) wandering around the map.

The family recruited two new members. Lara (Brunie) was named after Lara Croft, the pistol-wielding protagonist in Tomb Raider games. Empedocles (m/ele) was named after the Greek philosopher who was known for his theory of classical elements - Air, Earth, Fire, and Water.

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Thelandira (f/mus) welcomes Lara and Empedocles.

A new update (v4.0.14) has been released for kGE here. See also 散歩道 here, here, and here. Join the sGE forum discussion here.

1. Gate of Flame
Something was changed for this raid. No idea what the heck it is saying... It seems that when 10 fire orbs are used, the summoning towers can be attacked by monsters. If an active summoning tower is destroyed, all towers become deactivated. A modification is also made concerning attempting to dispel Lava Leaf's buff. Supposedly, it is now an instanced raid.

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2. Enchanted Belts
New belts which can be enchanted with stats (e.g. INT +1) have been added. As usual, belts have 3 types - belts, leather belts, and metal belts. There are 3 grades of enchanted belts. Each grade has different enchantment limits and base Immunity.
  1. Immunity +6; Max.HP +500~+1000, DEF +1~+5
  2. Immunity +8; Max.HP +1500~+2000, DEF +6~+10
  3. Immunity +10; Max.HP +2500~+3000, DEF +11~+15
The belt recipes differ according to the grade, but common materials include HQ Cloth, Reinforced Leather, and Composite Steel. Other materials include...
  1. Normal Belt x1, Lv.96 Enchantment Chip x30, Elemental Jewel x3
  2. Grade 1 Belt Crystal x1, Buckle, Lv.100 Enchantment Chip x20
  3. Grade 2 Belt Crystal x1, Buckle, AR 30 Magic Weapon Crystal x3, Veteran Enchantment Chip x20

Belt crystals are acquired by refining belts in Errac (aka Zeia).

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The recipes drop in various maps and bosses, according to the grade.
  1. Bahamar Swamp 4 (Swamp of Peril/Murky Bayou), Toubkal Mines, Katovic Snowfield, Frozen Plain, Snowfield of the Ice Wizard (Glacial Forecourt), 3 zones of Fire Island, Elmorc, Avalanche Apparition, Lava Leaf, etc.
  2. Silent Maze (Lightning Gate), Occulta, etc.
  3. Novia, etc.
Buckles drop in Poison Yard, Secret Temple, and some spider thingy...


3. Edit Family Profile
An Edit button has been added to family profile, so you can click it to edit and then click Save button.

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4. Family EXP Bar
An EXP bar has been added to Quarters/Barracks and Family Profile to estimate how close the family is to gaining the next family level.

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5. Invisible Login/Logout & Zone Movement
A new game option has been added to allow a player to hide his login/logout and zone movement notices (e.g. "XYZ is moving to City of Auch") from his clan/faction members.

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6. Misc.
You can now make veteran enchantment chips from Enchantment Chip Exchanger with Lv.100 chips. Some minor changes to the dialog when talking to Emilia about Flintlock stance book. A bug concerning a skill in Power of Darkness is corrected.


7. New Costumes & Hair
There will be new costumes for female wizard, female scout, and female elementalist, as well as Bonnet Hair for Idge.

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8. Advanced Notices
Details for elementalist constellation stance and Reckless Emilia will be available soon.

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Alegrías (literally "joys") is a flamenco palo or musical form, which has a rhythm consisting of 12 beats. It is similar to Soleares. Alegrías originated in Cádiz, located in southwestern Spain.

Alegrías belongs to the group of palos called Cantiñas and it is usually played in a lively rhythm. The livelier speeds are chosen for dancing, while quieter rhythms are preferred for the song alone. It is one of the structurally strictest forms of flamenco, i.e. a type of dance or musical genre from Andalusia.

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When you convert a character (Lv.50+) to a mercenary, he loses about 20% of his total EXP. For details on making mercenaries, see v2.1.18 Feature: Mercenary Contract. The following table is taken and translated from NPC转成卡片后经验值减少对照表, showing the level and EXP before and after merc.

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A veteran character needs about 3.5% EXP to remain a veteran after becoming a mercenary. An expert character should need about 13% EXP or so to remain expert.

The above table uses the veteran progression before v3.0. For v3.0 level progression, see here.

Furthermore, if a veteran/expert character drops level due to becoming a mercenary, he will automatically be promoted when he regains the lost levels without needing the use of promotional scrolls.

This is another week spent grinding in the mud of Ancient Area. With Athena (f/fig) becoming an expert, Visca (Grace) joined the veteran team for her multi-target attack with Gigantic Blaster. During this time, Cthulhu (Poppet) looted 43 Sun Stones, 1 Blue Rough-Stone, 1 Red Rough-Stone, Web Ring, Burning Hands Ring, Breath of Arange Ring, Critical Disease Ring, Atomic Glacial Strikes Ring, and another Lv.88 Metallic Suit.

Gilgamesh (Claude) replaced Visca (Grace) and brought the team to Ancient Mineral Cave instead, looting 7 Sun Stones and 2 Le Blanc (Scout), one of which has DEF Rating +3 by default. The team collected 800 Broken Teeth for the Serious Farmer in New Opoluto (G12), and received their first Cinderella's Le Blanc (DR 30).

When Ancient King of Covetry (Lv.110) showed up, Romina returned to quarters to call the expert team. They had some difficulty with it after it buffed, but managed to overcome it with AM Boost and Triumph Filler. Unfortunately, the only recipe dropped is for Golden Feet, not Dragon Heart.

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Eventually, Romina returned to the family quarters as the 6th expert. Hopefully, she can get a Symbol of Sagittarius for Equites in v3.0.

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After 4 months of being clanless, the family finally joined Othrys clan, named after Mount Othrys in Thessaly which was said to be the home of the titans during the Titanomachy.